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Scientific Media Design Track

Department of Visual Arts

Scientific Media Design is a new Visual Arts Emphasis area which began in the fall of 2011. 

Through a truly interdisciplinary approach that integrates design, art, and science, the Scientific Media Design program offers an educational experience that combines collaboration, exploration, project-based learning and real world problem solving skills. Theoretical as well as practical knowledge prepares graduates for successful careers designing clear, accurate, communicative works for the sciences.

Students graduating from the Scientific Media Design program will:
  • have a strong understanding of scientific process and scientific method
  • have a passion for scientific problems and a desire to solve or explain them through visual means.
  • demonstrate proficiency in current media technologies used in the communication of scientific topics to a variety of audiences.
  • be accomplished visual communicators, able to utilize a combination of design tools in delivering a message to a given audience.
  • be whole-mind thinkers with the ability to analyze, deconstruct, comprehend, and teach using design theory and design practice.
  • have the ability and understanding to work collaboratively with people in various disciplines.
  • have a deep understanding of professional practice and the ability to promote themselves an their clients in a professional manner.

Students who are applying for entrance into the Scientific Media Design program are required to submit a portfolio that consists of (1) a written statement, (2) a 10-12 piece portfolio of work, and (3) unofficial transcript(s) from all previous post-secondary education institutions with the understanding that scientific media design is a fall start program. Upon acceptance into the Scientific Media Design program, students may register for upper-division classes in the Scientific Media Design curriculum.

Contact or Scientific Media Design Area Head Travis Vermilye for detailed program information and portfolio submission guidelines.

Emphasis Course Requirements in Science:
  • BIOL 2051 – General Biology I 
  • BIOL 2071 – General Biology I Lab
  • BIOL 2061 – General Biology II
  • BIOL 2081 – General Biology II Lab 
  • CHEM 2031 – General Chemistry I
  • CHEM 2038 – General Chemistry I Lab
  • CHEM 2061 – General Chemistry II
  • CHEM 2081 – General Chemistry II Lab 

Emphasis Course Requirements in Fine Art:
  • FINE 2405 - Introduction to Digital Design 
  • FINE 2428 – Scientific Media Design I
  • FINE 3020 – Life Drawing 
  • FINE 3414 - Motion Design I 
  • FINE 3415 - Design Studio I 
  • FINE 3424 - Interactive Media 
  • FINE 3434 - 3D Motion Design 
  • FINE 3444 - Interactive Media II 
  • FINE 3448 – Scientific Media Design II
  • FINE 4020 – Anatomy for the Artist 
  • FINE 3454 - Motion Design II 
  • FINE 4448 – Scientific Media Design III
  • FINE 4495 - Design Studio IV 
  • 2 - Studio Arts/Visual Arts Electives (6 semester hours) Consult an advisor about course selection

Contact or Scientific Media Design Area Head Travis Vermilye for detailed program information and portfolio submission guidelines.

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